Welcome to the Hope College LivWell Blog! In this space you'll find great information about health and well-being written just for our community by a group of fabulous contributors that I've hand-selected.  Enjoy!

April, 2017
April 20th, 2017
I found this great article today on the mindbodygreen.com website from a favorite MD, Sara Gottfried.  This article is entitled, "Ten 'Normal' Habits that Trigger Inflammation and Aging" I encourage you to check it out, so really simple and pragmatic tips and info!
Best, Jessica Fashun
January, 2017
January 4th, 2017
Happy New Year Hope College! Here's a post about GETTING OF THE SUGAR WAGON post-holidays from Jessica Lueptke at Valeo Training.
It's winter, we're tired, we're stressed, we're hungry, you're just ending the more-indulgent holiday season...our body wants sugar! This is actually a very normal response to how we were created - our bodies want to stay warm and cozy during this season and, with the shortened daylight and lack of vitamin D from our sweet, sweet friend Mr. Sunshine, we're looking for the carb fix to elevate our mood. It's not our fault! However, the problem comes not when we indulge in a sweet treat now and then, but when we over-consume, something that’s easy to do when sugar is added to many processed foods, including breads, yogurt, juices, and sauces. And Americans do over-consume, averaging about 22 teaspoons (88 grams) of added sugars per day, according to the American Heart Association, which recommends limiting added sugars to about 6 teaspoons (24 grams) per day for women and 9 (36 grams) for men. WHOA!
For tips and tricks for getting off sugar and onto a healthier path, and to read the full article, click here: http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=7b4c575d3b&id=11a25f0055&e=e09f3de17e​

November, 2016


November 17, 2016

Our first guest blogger is Jessica Lueptke from Valeo!  

Blogger Bio: Jessica (Oosting) Luepke is a 2003 Hope College Exercise Science grad and, together with her husband, Mike (Purdue Exercise Science grad), owns Valeo / Training: a unique semi-private training gym in downtown Holland. When Mike and Jess are not helping Hope College employees and other gym members move, look, and feel more awesome, they're busy wrangling their two young boys (Cruz and Hunter), helping out at their church, eating local food, telling punny jokes, and dreaming about their next adventure.

Here is a link to an article entitled For your (fun, long) everyday life. 

Exercise for your (fun, long) everyday life.

Mike and Jessica offer free Strategy Sessions to explore more about your goals and how Valeo might be the perfect fit to help you reach them. Contact them at www.valeotraining.com | 616.990-5797 | info@valeotraining.com